LAHORE – Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology (WIC) would start functioning from February.

In a statement issued on Friday, he said that initially 50-bed capacity has been provided at the WIC.  Kh Salman said 50 beds would be added every year to enhance its capacity up to 200 beds. He said the chief minister was focusing on the promotion and development of health sector and new hospitals have been established across the province.

He said 450-bed hospital in Bahawalpur had already been completed. Moreover, Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology also started functioning while 200-bed Shahadara hospital is nearing completion and the process of recruitment of staff has been started.

Medical Superintendent PIC Dr Muhammad Javed, who is presently looking after the affairs of WIC, told that the institution would start functioning with 50 beds including 20 beds in the ward, 10 beds in emergency while 10 beds each will be placed in male and female CCU.

He informed that Punjab government has released Rs 350 million for the purchase of medical equipment. He informed that senior consultants of PIC would also assist doctors of WIC in the treatment of cardiac patients. He said that consultants of PIC will also train the doctors recruited for WIC.

Organs donation drive on the cards:  The Punjab government has decided to launch a campaign to promote the culture of organs donation. The government will seek assistance of religious scholars, social organisations, media and dignitaries associated with health sector for the success of the campaign.

Decision was taken at a meeting held here Friday with Chairman Board of Management, Punjab Institute of Cardiology and Head of Human Organs Transplantation Program, Prof Jawad Sajid Khan in the chair. Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital Prof Anjam Habib Vohra, Prof of Surgery Dr. Khalid Mahmood, Chief Executive PIC Dr Bilal Zakariyya, Prof Col M A Cheema, Prof Abdul Waheed, Dr Tariq Bungash, and Dr Amir Latif.

It was decided that in case of clinical death of the patient having already given the testament, his or her organs would be transplanted to the patient in need.

Prof Jawad Sajid Khan said that all the authentic Muslim scholars including Iranians and Egyptians have termed the human organs donation Islamic.

Prof Anjam Habib Vohra said that human organs transplantation is in practice in Europe and US since long and after the framing of policy in Pakistan, it will also be at low cost. Prof Co. M A Cheema and Prof. Khalid Mahmood expressed the hope that the process of transplantation would be transparent and these operations would be carried out with great professionalism and honesty considering it a real service for ailing humanity.